For the Week of 26th October 2014 Right: Elder Monte and his wife, Monema presenting a large quilt, hand-sewed by Sue Gooch from the Quail Springs congregation at our annual Missions Seminar last Sunday. This was the final week of a series of programmes to celebrate PP’s Golden Jubilee year, bringing to a climax 10 months of events (and many more of planning and preparation, covered in prayer). The celebrations were splendidly executed and well participated. I want to share with you my personal perspective in this editorial and invite you to submit yours which we can share in our publications or with our Facebook group. Monday 13th October, 2014: When the table layout for the Golden Jubilee Grand Dinner was published in Focus last Sunday, I messaged my guests and attached the table plan. Nat and I invited our extended family (sister Lily, sister-in-law Katherine and brother-in-law Tony), former member David Cheong and his wife Lee Eng, our overseas guests Sam Thang from Myanmar, and elder Monte and his wife, Monema from Quail Springs, USA made up the table. It was a pity that my brother Bee and his wife were out of town, but glad that my in-laws were able to grace the occasion. My brother Bee was one of the young people who prepared the ground, visited Bible correspondence students and even spoke at a gospel rally when the church was meeting at Polly Lee's home. We are thankful that David accepted our invitation and that Lee Eng even took a half day off, so they could be present early. Sam told me that he could not come, but the second time I asked him, he agreed and made time to come. Of all our missions partners, I am of the opinion that Sam holds the promise of the most fruitful and impactful work in Asia. We are so happy that Monte and Monema could represent the Quail Springs congregation on our Jubilee. This Was The Week That Was A Personal Reflection Tuesday 14th October, 2014: Thanks to the miracle of modern technology, I was able to receive positive confirmations from everyone the next day, including elder Monte Stephens from USA. We have enjoyed a long and close relationship with Quail Springs, ever since they supported the A. L. Harbins from the formation of the PP church. When the Harbins returned home, they joyfully took over our support. Even though they did not know me, they believed in me, supported me and encouraged me to continue on with this work. During this time, they not only sent 3 elders to visit us (Lionel Walker, Robert Rowland and Jess Vanhooser) but also their pulpit minister, Ronnie White. They also sponsored a mission trip by our Chinese congregation to Taiwan, gave us a hefty no-interest loan of US$400,000 and sponsored my family’s 6-month sabbatical in USA. Even when we were fully self-supporting, we maintained a close and ongoing relationship with many of the Quail Springs leaders. At our 35th Anniversary, Nelson Eubank, missions chairman and his wife, Penny were with us to celebrate the occasion and led in the “loan burning” (dissolution of our debt) ceremony. Then at our 40th Anni-versary when we installed our first elders and deacons, elder continues on page 4 & 5 FOCUS is published weekly by the Church of Christ (English-speaking) meeting at 347 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118688 (Tel: 67788259. Fax: 67765278). eMail Address: [email protected] Internet Webpage: www.ppcoc.org. Address all correspondence to Pasir Panjang P.O. Box 74, Singapore 911123. PAGE 2 FOCUS Right: At the Golden Jubilee Grand Dinner on 17th October, the ladies of the church got together and honoured sister Nat with a surprise plaque, gifts and album of love notes from many sisters at PP. We thank God for His blessings for half a century as we concluded our 10-month long Jubilee celebrations last Sunday. We invite reflections and resolutions on our Jubilee from members. Send them to [email protected] We will use them for Focus and the Facebook ppcoc and friends group. Our hearty thanks to our elders, deacons, awareness, staff and members for all the work and hospitality that you have joyfully shared to make our Jubilee a memorable and significant event. We hope the momentos given at the dinner and last Sunday will be a reminder of our blessings and God’s faithfulness. Please see deacon Patrick if you would like to borrow the set of 2 DVDs of the videos taken at the Golden Jubilee Grand Dinner on 17th October 2014. Those who were present for the homecoming and have indicated that you want the DVDs may also collect your free copies from him. Please freely copy and distribute these disks. We encourage you to go to PPCOC and Friends group on Facebook for the many photos, greetings and accolades from Christians all over the world, like this one from Craig Tucker: "There are those times/ places/people in everyone's life that will never be forgotten and the memory of becomes increasingly vibrant as time passes; PPCOC's 50th Jubilee was one of those time/places/people! The beautiful brothers and sisters of PPCOC has taken up residency in my heart and will forever remain. Please extend my love for all and my eternal prayers for each". This morning, brother Charles Pang will preach the fifth lesson of our current series “Walking on Water”, Seeing the Wind. In the evening, deacon Vincent Lim will speak. We will be publishing a full account of our 2014 Jubilee Missions Sunday gifts next week as a matter of accountablity and public record. Members who have not given or wish to make an additional gift may do so today. Please use the Missions Sunday envelopes at the ushers' trays. Men to Serve today and next Sunday 8am Scripture Text: 11am Call to Worship: SR/OP: S. Leader: Communion: Preacher: Shepherd’s Prayer: Ushers 6pm Call to Worship Scripture Text: Opening Prayer: S. Leader: Communion: Preacher: Closing Prayer: Proverbs 22:6 Proverbs 22:8 Deacon Peter Lim Alvin Tjipto Jim Kawi Elder Tan Beng Chuan Charles Pang Elder William Wong Kenneth Kuek HI Team Henry Kong Andy Cheang Deacon Vincent Lim Tan Yiu Huat Deacon Lim Swee Aun Elder Simon Goh Richard Leow HI Team Deacon Peter Lim Proverbs 22:7 Asher Reign Jumao-As Chen Yi Elder Tan Beng Chuan Deacon Vincent Lim Elder William Wong Henry Kong Proverbs 22:9 Genesis Jumao-As Deacon KC Cheang Deacon Vincent Lim Jojo Ramos Deacon Lim Li Chhoan PPCOC's Vision: By God's grace, our vision is to be a vibrant, growing community of Christians where every member ministers to one another. Equipped by committed servant leaders and dedicated care teams at home, and passionate mission interest groups and partners abroad, we steward our resources responsibly for God's Kingdom. FOCUS PAGE 3 THIS WEEK’S Sunday, 26th October 2014 7:30am Shuttle Bus Service 8:00am First Morning Assembly Preacher: Charles Pang 9:30am Missions Sunday 11:00am Second Morning Assembly 1:15pm Shuttle Bus Stops 6:00pm Evening Assembly Preacher: Deacon Vincent Wednesday, 29th October 2014 7:30pm “Discerning the Disciplines” - Notes are on our website Sunday, 2nd November 2014 7:30am Shuttle Bus Service 8:00am First Morning Assembly Preacher: Deacon Swee Aun 9:30am Bible classes for all Ages - Notes are on our website 11:00am Second Morning Assembly 1:15pm Shuttle Bus Stops 6:00pm Evening Assembly Preacher: Jojo Ramos FACTS & FIGURES 8am Worship: 11am Worship: 6pm Worship: Total: Mission Fund Total Contribution 152 271 176 599 $121,590.00 Please Pray For: Travel mercy and safety for my boss – Lordes Paguio Safe travel and return for all overseas guests – Joel Madiki, Teck Su My family here in Singapore and back in Philippines – Orniel World peace and the various races to live harmoniously – Fook Weng Safe travel back to the Philippines. Wedding plans and provisions – Cristo Paul David Dass’ family. Kola’s family and health. My company and boss’ family – Kumar Continued spiritual growth of the Filipino group especially our behaviour towards each other – Linda Malana My parents and my father-in-law to know the truth – Widianto God's grace upon PP for the next 50 years - Henry and Nat Thank God for: Brother Motsinger’s sermon – Phyllis Ng, Maribel Cammayo, Gloria Bilbao, Lezel Tan, Ehpril Cammayo, Lolita Cataggatan, Arniel Orejudos, Clarita Simon, Violy Mariano Elder Monte’s sermon – Patrick, Henry and Nat PPCOC for your guidance and love – Phyllis Ng The successful great Jubilee night dinner – Ehpril Cammayo All the blessings and his protection, grace and mercy for me and my family especially to my aunt Lyn – Amelyn Allauigan The wonderful time of fellowship and hospitality of members of PPCOC – Joel Madiki Our guests and visitors. May the good Lord bless them as you have blessed us at PPCOC – Teck Su, Weng Keongs Good fellowship at the Jubilee’s dinner. Watching over Wee Hong Cheng’s chemo treatment this past week – Julie Wee My mother’s recovery from her fall and may the Lord continue to watch over and protect her– Ron Tong Receipt No 3RsF 1968 Donor Anonymous Amount $1,250.00 PAGE 4 Robert Rowland was here to preside over the appointments. Last year, elder Tom Gooch and his wife Sue joined our 49th Anniversary activities, and now the Monte Stephens. It would not be a stretch to say that all that PP has accomplished, was by Quail Springs, through us. Patrick and I enjoyed lunch with Jhun Ma, Babes and their sons, Jeb and Jacob who touched down early in the morning. They ministered to the church in Tuao, Philippines who have just celebrated their 9th Anniversary a week ago. The congregation was started by the efforts of MARCH (Medical Missions) with the sponsorship of Dorothy Tay, who leads our Filipino Fellowship. Under the watchful care of Chito Luis, the work blossomed and grew under the passionate ministry of Jhun Ma and Babes. Wednesday 15th October, 2014: Coincidentally, my monthly slot for chapel at SIBI fell on our Jubilee week. I took the opportunity to share a brief history of PP and made the point that the Jubilee was only possible because of God's faithfulness, a point that we have emphasized at every anniversary. Even if we have accomplished anything that the world may recognise as success, if we do not credit it to God, we not only build in vain but are in the same position as those whose labours were not recognised by Christ in Matthew 7:21-22 ("Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy by thy name, and by thy name cast out demons, and by thy name do many mighty works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.") In the afternoon, I was at a specialist clinic awaiting the results of a second CT scan. This matter has been the focus of my prayers, seeking strength to accept whatever God will allow. I was not hopeful that there would be any improvement and wondered how I would get into the Jubilee spirit if the CT scan delivered bad news. I left this matter in God's hand, and He mercifully showered me with more than I ever hoped for. I joyfully accepted this as the best Jubilee gift I could ever wish for. Thursday 16th October, 2014: The Monte Stephens landed at Changi Airport in the wee hours of the morning. We renewed our friendship at lunch which we enjoyed with Winston Bolt, Joel Madiki FOCUS and his wife Ruth. In the evening, we joined June and Ramesh and introduced Monte and Monema to a seafood dinner at our favourite Jumbo Restaurant. We were missions partners with Winston Bolt when the island of Batam was being jointly developed by the Singapore and Indonesian governments. God blessed our close working relationships which resulted in a Bible college, active church and outreach programme to all of Indonesia. I appreciate the fact that Winston cut short his annual fund raising trip in USA to join us for the Jubilee celebrations. Joel Madiki is a graduate of Belfest Bible College in Northern Ireland and has a growing work in Kakinada, India. He is the only local preacher we know of in India who is working towards self-support. PP has sent the Hearing Impaired and VBS teams to assist in this solid work in the passionate and capable hands of Joel. Friday 17th October, 2014: This morning, I had the great pleasure of meeting Craig Tucker at my office, and getting to know him better over a cup of espresso. Craig is the capable hands-on chairman of New Life Behavior International, a life-changing ministry that has circled the globe and is now offered in many languages. I took the opportunity to tell him about Sam Thang and the 75 children under his care, hoping to interest him in connecting with Sam and taking the ministry into Myanmar, by first teaching it to Sam's children, many of whom are in the college age group. In the evening, Nat and I left for the Golden Jubilee Grand Dinner before 6pm, but were told by the ushers when we arrived, that all my guests were already there! Elder Beng Chuan spared no effort nor expense in making sure that everyone who could be there was present. The staff spent much time tracking down old members, sending out invitations and making calls to leaders of other congregations, former inactive members, members who transferred to other congregations and churches, even members whom the church have disciplined. Everyone, except those who were out of town or declined our invitation were present. I can recall our spectacular 45th Anniversary when over 400 were present at the same Ban Heng Restaurant at Harbourfront. This time round, twice FOCUS is published weekly by the Church of Christ (English-speaking) meeting at 347 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118688 (Tel: 67788259. Fax: 67765278). eMail Address: [email protected] Internet Webpage: www.ppcoc.org. Address all correspondence to Pasir Panjang P.O. Box 74, Singapore 911123. FOCUS the number were present, spanning filling both banquet halls. The church recognised the service of 4 of her 5 staff: Barnabas, Annie, Patrick and Henry who cumulatively have chalked up over 130 years of service. Our ladies diligently prepared a scrapbook of love notes in a surprise honour to Nat for all she has done to support the church and her husband, for the past 50 years. We have recorded 2 DVDs, one with videos of all the programmes and another that captures the excitement, joy and laughter of the evening. The first DVD was given free to those who requested it at our 50th Homecoming. If you would like to borrow any of these, please see deacon Patrick. Saturday 18th October, 2014: We had over 100 members and overseas guests at the Jubilee Missions Seminar conducted by Mark Hooper. This is the highest number for any one-day missions seminar we have ever conducted. Many, especially overseas guests, expressed how they enjoyed the day's session as it was very beneficial for their churches. In the evening, taking advantage of the over dozen leaders from all over China, about 50 persons enjoyed dinner and a special session together, organised by the China Missions Interest Group at the home of elder Adrian Teo. Sunday 19th October, 2014: At our Jubilee Sunday, the air was thick with joy, thanksgiving and celebration. I observed how elder Winston choked back tears as he worded the prayer at the morning worship. Hong Ngee later told me, her husband was deeply touched by God's grace and faithfulness through the years. Our Homecoming speaker, elder Monte also find it hard not to shed tears of joy as he spoke at the Homecoming, when he observed the fruits since the Lord tasked Quail Springs to help a helpless young congregation, some 50 years ago. At the 9:30am annual Missions Seminar, many of our overseas guests brought with them plaques and gifts for PP to commemorate the occasion. From a lovingly handcrafted quilt to plaques and a wooden replica of our Jubilee logo, they were gratefully received and displayed at the auditorium that day. At the buffet after the homecoming, Mee Geok approached me to express her great joy and profound gratitude for PP, our leaders and the growth PAGE 5 we have received from the hand of God. She went on to tell me how she was recently invited to give a presentation on the medical profession by a sister congregation older than PP, but observed that they are still about the same size, 50 years later. I pray that PP will never take God’s faithfulness and blessings for granted. Before I left that evening, I sat down with my former Four Seas College’s student Andrew Barjanahor who is now working in Medan, Indonesia. His sister who is stationed in Jarkata thanked me for the invitation and burst into tears. She explained that the church there used to have a building like PP’s and a growing membership. But because of false brethren who divided the church, today the congregation is fragmented and stunted. God has indeed watched, protected and prospered PP for the past 50 years. If the Lord delays His return, I believe that our current elders with the leadership will do much more. Let us all with a grateful heart renew ourselves to be united and zealously serve together for God’s glory. - Henry Kong It has been a long time since SIBI offered a weekend course, especially targeted at PP members. We urge all who can, to be present: Effective Bible Study Grasping God’s Word Come join the SIBI-Singapore students as they begin a journey of understanding all about the Word of God. It will be a stepby-step journey into the basic tools and principles that can help anyone become an effective Bible student. We’ll look at questions like . . . Are we really able to understand this thing called the “Bible”? How do we know what is meant for us? What do we do with all those different kinds of books and letters? Do we treat them all the same, or are they to be read and treated differently? What are the five basic steps that can help anyone get a grasp on what the Bible is saying to us? Come join us as we take a look at a book never meant just for scholars and the educated, but is a love letter that was meant to be read and understood by anyone and everyone who is willing to take the journey. Classes will be in the SIBI classroom beginning on Friday, November 14th for just 3 weekends. Friday evenings from 7-10pm, Saturdays from 9am– 12noon, and Sunday afternoons from 2-5pm. Instructor: Dean Brandi Kendall.
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